One of the most popular recent trends in decor has been boho chic.
But what is it, exactly? And how can you get that look?
Boho is short for bohemian. Its original meaning was somewhat derogatory, referring to the Roma gypsies of Bohemia, a former kingdom within Czechoslovakia.
During the 1850s, it came to mean a movement of artists and poets who lived outside mainstream life, eschewing conventionality.
Since the 1960s it has been typically bandied around as a description for rock stars, artists and movie stars who are rebellious, non-conformist, promiscuous and a bit louche.
Sienna Miller is boho-chic, as is Stevie Nicks. Keith Richards is a gold-standard representative member, Russell Brand is another classic example. The late, great Michael Hutchence of INXS was most definitely a bohemian.
So in decorating, boho chic gives you quite a bit of room to move, stylistically. It pairs unusual, eye-catching, and unexpected elements together.
It can veer from granny chic and rustic natural to flamboyantly decadent and Arabian Nights.
It is easier to define boho chic by what it is not Boho chic is not matchy-matchy: it revels in the curious and exotic and transports you to another world. There are no boho chic events at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club.
It is not refined nor sophisticated but it is multi-layered and a sensory feast.
You might be sitting on a Moroccan leather pouffe, a fur-covered pallet bench or on a bentwood chair but a boho chic event never takes place on a standard-issue grey polyester, oval-backed venue dining chair. This is not the time for fine white linen and standard-issue silver candlesticks.
Your boho chic event may be outdoors, in a tipi, an industrial warehouse, artists studio, old schoolhouse or barn, but it will never suit a five-star hotel function room.
Here's five common elements typical of the boho chic decorating style for your next event.
Animal elements Virtually every boho chic look involves some kind of animal-related feature. The decorating style commonly includes antlers as centrepieces and/or feathers adorning the foliage; less often, but just as effectively, it employs skulls or taxidermy.
Think fins, fur, feathers, scales, horns and leather. It can refer to animals with napkins and tablecloths made of, or printed with, faux fur.
Metal Boho-chic involves copper, gold, bronze, brass, or pewter candle holders and/or vases. Yet it pulls back from the overtly bling factor you might imagine for a Kardashian product launch and uses it sparingly and to great effect. Standard silver cutlery looks a bit flat here.
This look is enhanced with the warmth of gold, brass, bronze, copper or iridescent cutlery. Candelabras, candlesticks and votives are typically burnished, suggesting antiquity OR they are sparing and modern in shape.
Elements tend to be natural rather than exclusively man-made. Steer clear of 80s day-glow neon touches.
Unexpectedness Lastly, while boho chic has a naughty rebelliousness about it and typically includes a combination of decor you don't see outside of Instagram, boho chic lends itself more towards fantasy woodland than coastal beach, and towards luxe opulence rather than sophisticated modern glitz.
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